SOUTH AFRICAN PLUGS - Southern Africa, East Africa

What types of South African plug are there?

Southern Africa uses the old UK BS 546 15 Amp three pin round pin plug, which is now rated at 16 Amps in South Africa. Whilst not mandatory for South Africa, our South African type plugs have partially-insulated live and neutral pins, an industry standard created by Morvan Trading Ltd in the early 1990s.

What approvals does a South African plug or powercord have?

Plugs for South Africa are manufactured to South African Bureau of Standards SANS 164, and the approval mark will be SABS or SANS. If used in India the equivalent standard is IS 1293.

Where is the South African plug used?

The South African type plug is used in many ex colonies, including notably most of Eastern and Southern Africa. India and Pakistan, who have standardised on the smaller 6 Amp rated plug also use the 16 Amp South African type for large appliances. These BS546 / SANS 164 plugs are also used in the UK for theatre and lighting.

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South African



Ref: S. African

SANS 164
Current Rating: 16A
Voltage Rating: 250V
Class: I+II


2 x 0.75 mm˛
3 x 0.75 mm˛
3 x 0.75, 1.00, 1.50 mm˛



Re-wireable South African



Ref: S/A 854

Type: SANS 164
Current rating: 16A
Voltage rating: 250V
Class: l & ll
Black, white Available in 3 amp, 5 amp and 15 amp versions


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